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The Sleuth: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

Ron Wyden: Legislating Through YouTube

If the White House can routinely get away with circumventing Congress -- why shouldn't a senator? Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is on the cutting edge of what could be a growing trend in building support for legislation. Instead of lobbying his colleagues to co-sponsor his universal health care bill, he's "YouTubing" them instead. Wyden -- to whom one typically would not ascribe the word "edgy"...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 18, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Bill and Hillary Clinton, "Not-too-Distant" Grandparents?

The Bushes may not be the only political family hearing wedding bells ringing... and possibly pushing baby buggies. Chelsea Clinton, on the stump in Pennsylvania with her mom Thursday, said she's "thinking about having my own family in the not-too-distant future." Appealing to voters at Haverford College, Clinton described herself as not just a "young voter" but a "young woman and someone who is thinking...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 17, 2008; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nancy Pelosi, the Color of Purple, Jeopardy and Communion

The contestant who blew last night's "daily double" question on "Jeopardy" just didn't know her Nancy Pelosi history. (Or her women's suffrage history.) Having the distinction of shattering one of the last panes in the glass ceiling catapulted Pelosi, the first female House speaker, onto Jeopardy -- not as contestant, but as the subject of the daily double question. The question in the second round...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 17, 2008; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Congressman Tancredo Blasts Pope on His Pro-Immigrant Stance

Usually, when you see staunch anti-immigration Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) and Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) engaged in conversation, you assume they're talking about one thing: kicking illegal immigrants out of the country. Pope Benedict's embrace of immigrants in the United States has one congressman seeing red. (AP Photo) But Wednesday night, at a birthday reception for Pope Benedict XVI at the Italian Embassy, Tancredo and Bilbray...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 17, 2008; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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David Vitter (and the rest of America), Blessed By Pope Benedict

To see Pope Benedict XVI in person at the White House was the climax of a truly blessed (and just plain lucky) week for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who dodged the ultimate bullet by not having to testify in the trial of the D.C. Madam. Vitter and his wife, Wendy, were spotted Wednesday among the thousands of guests who gathered on the south lawn of...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 16, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Snags Springsteen's Endorsement And Defense on Bittergate

UPDATE, 5 p.m.: Sen. Barack Obama reacted this afternoon to Springsteen's endorsement, saying, "The America that Bruce Springsteen has spoken about through song is one of big dreams, unyielding hope, and a resilient, hardworking people who struggle and sacrifice for a country as good as its promise. It's a story I know and a vision I share for our future, and that's why I'm so...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 16, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bloomberg, a Face That Invites Questions

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sure has a knack for inviting speculation wherever he goes. Now that he's no longer flirting with the idea of running for president, or posing as a potential running mate, or eyeing a third mayoral term, his denials have sent reporters searching for other ways to inject Bloomberg into the 2008 presidential mix. The Big Apple's mayor chose Tax...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 15, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton Aides Pumped For a Colbert Bump

If Barack Obama's "bitter" gaffe doesn't do it for her in Pennsylvania, Hillary Rodham Clinton is hoping Stephen Colbert's show will. Clinton is scheduled to appear on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Thursday night, just five days before voters go to the polls in the crucial April 22 Pennsylvania primary. And Clinton aides are downright giddy about it. Clinton chief spokesman, Howard Wolfson, told reporters...

By Mary Ann Akers  |  April 15, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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